River Bend Lodge Accommodation in Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape
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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests22
  • Rooms/Units9

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River Bend Lodge is a 5 star graded game lodge offering Addo Elephant Park accommodation in 9 guest rooms.

About River Bend Lodge

Tranquility, luxury and exquisite cuisine describe the gracious living at the River Bend Lodge in the Eastern Cape. The 5 star lodge is situated within the 14 000 hectare private Nyati Concession of the Addo Elephant Park, which is home to the Big 5 and over 300 species of bird. This is Africa at its best - a perfect balance between the Eastern Cape bush and the sheer elegance of fine country life in a malaria free zone.

At a Glance

  • All of the Big 5
  • Guided game drives included
  • Malaria-free area
  • Safari / bush walks by arrangement
  • Kids' programme


Unwind, relax and enjoy incredible tranquility and privacy in one of our 8 luxurious stand alone suites. All the suites are air conditioned and equipped with ceiling fans, electronic safes, mini bar, satellite TV, hair dryer and bathroom en-suite with separate bath and shower.

Room Types

Luxury Suites
The lodges 7 Luxury Suites, each elegant, spacious and individually decorated which lead out onto a private patiofrom where guests can soak up the scents and sounds of the bushveld. Suites with inter-leading doors are available for families.

Honeymoon Suite
The Honeymoon Suite is the ultimate in luxury and offers complete privacy and tranquility for newlyweds. The honeymoon suite has an outdoor shower, plunge pool, garden and private patio where romantic candle-lit dinners can be served.


Great care is taken in preparing delicious meals, taken in the attractive dining room with views over the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the beautifully furnished lounge area or on the patio overlooking the Cockscomb and Zuurberg Mountains. Children are welcome, and there is even a special menu for them, while adults can look forward to a 5 course dinner.


Activities are tailored to suit guest’s interests and restful schedule; they include personalised game-drives, wine tasting, walking with giraffes, guided walks, tracking courses, birding, bush picnics and mountain hikes.


River Bend Lodge is an ideal photographic destination and employs an in-house professional photographer to help guests further their photographic knowledge and skills during their stay.


River Bend Lodge is a true family destination. All children are welcome and special care is taken to ensure that children of all ages have a truly memorable experience. Separate game drives for families are available.


• Swimming pool, lounge, dining room, library and bar
• Home to the Big 5 and over 300 species of bird
• Situated within the Addo Elephant National Park
• Within an hour of Port Elizabeth

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Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • DVD player
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (dial up)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Iron / trouser press
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Private pool
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Television (with satellite)

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Business facilities
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Complimentary newspapers
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Room service


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Airport transfers
  • Tour assistance
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • Hebrew
  • Sotho
  • Xhosa

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Honeymoon Suite

The Honeymoon Suite is a luxury individually decorated double suite. The suite has an en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower. The Honeymoon Suite leads out onto a secluded patio, garden and plunge pool where romantic candle-lit dinners can be served.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-16 years are allowed; over 16 years treated as adults

Luxury Suite

Luxury suites offer a distinctly individual, tranquil and private retreat. The spacious suite opens up onto a private patio from where guests can soak up the scents and sounds of the bush veld.; Every suite is also equipped with a private outside shower.

Qty: 5
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-16 years are allowed; over 16 years treated as adults

Long Hope Villa

Exclusive use of Villa with 3 en-suite Luxury rooms. Spacious open plan living and dining area. A private pool set in luscious gardens, private viewing deck and barbecue for outdoor entertainment. Exclusive Chef and Private Game drives included.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 6 guests (max 6 adults)
Children: from 0-16 years are allowed; over 16 years treated as adults

Fully Inclusive Rates INCLUDE:
All meals, teas and coffees, all soft drinks, house wines, sparkling wines, local beers and spirit
VAT, Tourism levies and SANParks levies
Luxury Accommodation
Two game drives per day
Mini-rangers course for children

Premium wines
Champagne, cognacs, premium brand spirits
Spa treatments
Shop purchases

Guest Reviews

3 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

River Bend was the highlight of a three week trip from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. I should like to commend all the staff for their freindliness and competence, especially Stef Marais and Joe Pringle who were so kind to my elderly mother. We post however a plea for a new vehicle for Joe -- his old 4x4 is clapped out and he has to wrestle with the gears. When can there be an ecologically more friendly electric vehicle? Keep up your excellent conservation work.

February 2017

Janet (paris)

Verified reviewexcellent

RiverBend Lodge deserves every one of its five TGCSA stars and must surely give the better known Private Game Lodges of Kruger pause for thought. If 'personal' describes best what you truly value when considering your choice of Bushveld experience, RiverBend will not disappoint. The service is stellar, from a team whose casual ability to delight the guest is almost unnerving. The Lodge is unashamedly Colonial, our honeymoon suite tastefully furnished and finished, with subtle reminders of the African bush provided by beautifully sketched pictures of local fauna. An early morning wake up call and a welcome coffee from our personal guide preceded a three hour morning game drive, followed by breakfast served on the Lodge veranda overlooking a waterhole, where we recalled morning sights of elephant, lion, rhino and zebra within RiverBend's Nyati Concession and the surrounding Addo Park. After a leisurely a'la carte lunch, viewings took place again mid afternoon, visiting RiverBend's private Intsomi Reserve, where we spotted giraffe, sable and bontebok, species not seen in the Addo according to our guide Darlington, whose passion and love for the Bushveld proved both informative and infectious and (I’m glad to say) spilled over into his generously mixed G&T's, which were enjoyed as we watched the sun set slowly behind undulating hills of acacia. Gastronomes will be rather pleased with themselves at the Lodge. Chef Christopher Whitham's seven-course dinner menu displays a technical ability and balance of african-mediterranean fusion that is quite simply breathtaking and certainly shouldn't be evident in someone of his early years. Believe me, his is some of the best food to be had in SA. Together with a wine list that champions all that is good about the great South African secret, we found ourselves back on our veranda, silly grinned and satiated, gazing up at a Milky Way that stretched out through a spectacular glittering blanket of African night sky. It really doesn't get much better than this.

March 2009

Paul Keats (London UK)

Need to Know

Response timeRiver Bend Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome, a cot is available on request.

Closest airport(s)Port Elizabeth Airport - 70km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

Exceptions to check-in/out times may be arranged, please enquire.

Payment methods accepted by the propertyAmerican Express, Diners, Mastercard, Visa, EFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since January 2001

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